Cantor Fitzgerald, meanwhile, predicted moderately higher demand for Manhattan, a supply-chain software company, and upped the stock to hold from sell. Shares climbed 5.2% to $27.92.
On the downswing, however, was Esco Technologies (ESE - Get Report), which makes filtration products, among other things. Shares tanked 21.9% after the company said its fiscal 2008 outlook might get deflated due to a potential "further delay" or a modification in its supply contract with Pacific Gas & Electric, as PG&E must now conduct a technology review for California regulators. Shares were recently changing hands at $36.
Gold-and-silver miner Exeter Resource (XRA) slid 21.3% on news one of its Argentinian projects, Don Sixto, was put on hold after a local law was passed "prohibiting the use of chemicals typically used in the extraction of gold and other metals." Shares of the Canada-based company were off 80 cents to $2.95.